Years ago, there was a jingle that went ‘The incredible edible egg.’ It was a television ad informing us about some health benefits of eggs. They are healthy. Eggs contain protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, they may reduce your risk of stroke, and with a side of bacon – YUM! One surprising thing eggs also have is something called a chalaza.
Yes, a chalaza. You have no doubt seen a chalaza but didn’t know what it was or that it had its own special name.
The chalaza is the white stringy stuff you see attached to the egg yolk, there is one on each side of the yolk. It is best seen before you cook the egg.
We all know that the eggs we eat are unfertilized eggs from chickens (or hens).
If the egg were fertilized, a little baby chick would be growing in there, the chalaza actually anchors the yolk and hold it in the center of the egg.